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Metro Portland's Major Employers

Nike World Headquarters Campus, Beaverton

Nike World Headquarters Campus, Beaverton

Photo courtesy Nike, Inc.

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Greater Portland is not only the region’s cultural hub, but it also occupies center stage in the state’s positive economic health as a hotbed for a number of industries — including technology, athletic and outdoor apparel, healthcare, and manufacturing.

For example, Portland is often dubbed the “Silicon Forest” because of the plethora of technology companies that have chosen to make their home there and its proximity to high tech cities San Francisco and Seattle. Portland counts tech industry stalwarts Intel (its top-ranking private employer), Google, and Oracle among the many top companies with operations in the metro area, along with newcomers such as eBay, Mozilla, Airbnb, and Salesforce.com.

In fact, tech companies offer a veritable cornucopia of employment opportunities for those relocating here, with companies that have chosen to establish operations in Greater Portland for its high quality of life, West Coast presence, and relatively low cost of living compared to its neighbors. It’s for these reasons and more that Forbes ranked Portland third in its list of 200 best U.S. metropolitan areas for business and careers.

The following is a list of the Portland area’s largest traded-sector employers, courtesy of regional economic development group, Greater Portland Inc.

Ranked by Employment, 2014


Company Name



1 Intel Hillsboro Computer & Electronics
2 NIKE, Inc. Unincorporated WA County / Beaverton Athletic & Outdoor
3 Daimler Trucks North America LLC Portland Metals
4 Precision Castparts Corp. Portland Metals
5 Boeing Gresham Metals
6 Columbia Sportswear Company Unincorporated WA County / Portland / Lake Oswego Athletic & Outdoor
7 Northwest Pipe Company Vancouver Metals
8 Mentor Graphics Wilsonville Software & IT
9 Tektronix, Inc. Unincorporated WA County / Beaverton Computer & Electronics
10 Xerox Wilsonville Computer & Electronics
11 WaferTech, LLC (A TSMC Co) Camas Computer & Electronics
12 Consolidated Metco, Inc. Vancouver Metals
13 Greenbrier (inc. Gunderson) Lake Oswego / Portland Metals
14 Blount International, Inc. Milwaukie Metals
15 A-dec Newberg Medical Products
16 Warn Industries, Inc. Unincorporated Clackamas County Metals
17 Qorvo Hillsboro Computer & Electronics
18 ESCO Corporation Portland Metals
19 Schnitzer Steel Portland Metals
20 adidas America, Inc. Portland Athletic & Outdoor
21 SEH America Inc. Vancouver Computer & Electronics
22 Via Systems Forest Grove Computer & Electronics
23 Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated Portland Metals
24 Lam Research Corporation Tualatin Computer & Electronics
25 Collins Cos. Portland Wood Products
26 Reser's Fine Food Beaverton / Hillsboro Food Processing
27 On Semiconductor Gresham Computer & Electronics
28 Evraz Inc. NA Portland Metals
29 IBM - Linus Technology Center Hillsboro Software & IT
30 Pacific Foods of Oregon, Inc. Tualatin Food Processing
31 SolarWorld Hillsboro Clean-Tech
32 Georgia Pacific LLC Camas Wood Products
33 Rockwell Collins Wilsonville Computer & Electronics
34 Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. Portland Athletic & Outdoor
35 Sysco Food Service Wilsonville Food Processing
36 Microchip Gresham Computer & Electronics
37 Huntair Inc. Tualatin Computer & Electronics
38 Precision Wire Components Tualatin Medical Products
39 nLIGHT Photonics Corporation Vancouver / Hillsboro Computer & Electronics
40 Cascade Steel Rolling Mills, Inc. McMinnville Metals
41 International Paper Beaverton / Hillsboro / Portland / Wilsonville Wood Products
42 FEI Hillsboro Computer & Electronics
43 Maxim Integrated Products Unincorporated WA County / Hillsboro Computer & Electronics
44 Columbia Machine, Inc. Vancouver Metals
45 TE Connectivity Wilsonville Computer & Electronics
46 Acumed Hillsboro Medical Products
47 Pella (Vinyl Northwest Inc.) Gresham Wood Products
48 Iberdrola Portland Clean-Tech
49 Applied Materials Hillsboro Computer & Electronics
50 Genentech Hillsboro Medical Products


See the Top 15 Private Employers and the Top 15 Public Employers on next page.Source: Greater Portland Inc